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Balkrishna Doshi Receives the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

His work in architecture to affect humanity is deeply personal, responsive, and meaningful.

Chicago, IL (March 7, 2018)—Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor.

Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout India and internationally. Influenced by masters of 20th century architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, Doshi has been able to interpret architecture and transform it into built works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. His ethical and personal approach to architecture has touched lives of every socio-economic class across a broad spectrum of genres since the 1950s. 

“My works are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create treasury of the architectural spirit. I owe this prestigious prize to my guru, Le Corbusier. His teachings led me to question identity and compelled me to discover new regionally adopted contemporary expression for a sustainable holistic habitat,” comments Doshi. He continues, “with all my humility and gratefulness I want to thank the Pritzker Jury for this deeply touching and rewarding recognition of my work. This reaffirms my belief that, ‘life celebrates when lifestyle and architecture fuse.’”

Doshi’s architecture explores the relationships between fundamental needs of human life, connectivity to self and culture, and understanding of social traditions, within the context of a place and its environment, and through a response to Modernism. Childhood recollections, from the rhythms of the weather to the ringing of temple bells, inform his designs. He describes architecture as an extension of the body, and his ability to attentively address function while regarding climate, landscape, and urbanization is demonstrated through his choice of materials, overlapping spaces, and utilization of natural and harmonizing elements.

“Professor Doshi has said that ‘Design converts shelters into homes, housing into communities, and cities into magnets of opportunities,” comments Mr. Pritzker. “The life’s work of Balkrishna Doshi truly underscores the mission of the Prize—demonstrating the art of architecture and an invaluable service to humanity. I am honored to present the 40th anniversary of this award to an architect who has contributed more than 60 years of service to us all.”

The architect designed Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), which presently accommodates over 80,000 individuals through a system of houses, courtyards and a labyrinth of internal pathways. Over 6,500 residences range from modest one-room units to spacious homes, accommodating low and middle-income residents. Overlapping layers and transitional areas encourage fluid and adaptable living conditions, customary in Indian society.

Doshi´s architecture is both poetic and functional. The Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, 1977-1992), inspired by traditional maze-like Indian cities and temples, is organized as interlocking buildings, courts and galleries. It also provides a variety of spaces protected from the hot climate. The scale of masonry and vast corridors infused with a campus of greenery allow visitors to be simultaneously indoors and outdoors. As people pass through the buildings and spaces, Doshi invites them to experience their surroundings and also suggests the possibility of transformation.

 

The 2018 Jury Citation states, in part: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends. With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others.” The Jury continues, “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located. His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability.”

His studio, Sangath (Ahmedabad, 1980), translates to “moving together.” The placement of communal spaces, including a garden and outdoor amphitheater, highlights Doshi’s regard for collaboration and social responsibility. Vaulted roofs, porcelain mosaic tile coverings, grassy areas, and sunken spaces mitigate extreme heat. The mosaic tile detail is echoed in the tortoise-shell inspired roof of Amdavad Ni Gufa (Ahmedabad, 1994), an undulating, cave-like, ferro-cement art gallery, positioned underground, featuring works of Maqbool Fida Husain.

Other notable works include academic institution Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University) (Ahmedabad, 1966-2012); cultural spaces such as Tagore Memorial Hall (Ahmedabad, 1967), the Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad, 1962), and Premabhai Hall (Ahmedabad, 1976); housing complexes Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan and Urban Design (Jaipur, 1984) and Life Insurance Corporation Housing or “Bima Nagar” (Ahmedabad, 1973); and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad, 1963), among many others.

“Every object around us, and nature itself—lights, sky, water and storm—everything is in a symphony,” explains Doshi. “And this symphony is what architecture is all about. My work is the story of my life, continuously evolving, changing and searching…searching to take away the role of architecture, and look only at life.”

Doshi is the 45th Pritzker Prize Laureate, and the first to hail from India. The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accolade, and will take place at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, this May. The Laureate will present a public lecture, in partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto on May 16, 2018.

About the Pritzker Architecture Prize
The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. Its purpose is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

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Balkrishna Doshi
Balkrishna Doshi (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Institute of Indology
Institute of Indology (rendering courtesy of VSF)

 

Kamala House
Kamala House (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Kamala House
Kamala House (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Kamala House
Kamala House (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

CEPT
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Life Insurance Corporation Housing
Life Insurance Corporation Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Life Insurance Corporation Housing
Life Insurance Corporation Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Life Insurance Corporation Housing
Life Insurance Corporation Housing (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Life Insurance Corporation Housing
Life Insurance Corporation Housing (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Premabhai Hall
Premabhai Hall (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (drawing courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (plan courtesy of VSF)

 

Sangath
Sangath Architect's Studio (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Vidhyadhar Nagar
Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan (drawing courtesy of VSF)

 

Vidhyadhar Nagar
Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (drawing courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (sketch courtesy of VSF)

 

Aranya
Aranya Low Cost Housing (drawing courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Amdavad Ni Gufa
Amdavad Ni Gufa (photo courtesy of VSF)

 

Videos: Ceremonies

Below are full-length ceremony videos for the Pritzker Architecture Prize that are available for viewing. Highlights of these videos (featuring ceremony and speech highlights) are available as well, either by clicking the links below or visiting the individual Laureate sections.

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta
2017 Laureates
State Guest House, Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Full ceremony video 34:35

 

Alejandro Aravena
2016 Laureate
United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York
Full ceremony video 01:06:52
Ceremony highlights video 4:53

 

Frei Otto
2015 Laureate
The New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Full ceremony video 50:15
Ceremony highlights video 4:18

 

Shigeru Ban
2014 Laureate
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Full ceremony video 54:50
Ceremony highlights video 4:23

 

Toyo Ito
2013 Laureate
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,
Boston, Massachusetts
Full ceremony video 39:40
Ceremony highlights video 3:48

 

Wang Shu
2012 Laureate
The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, 
The People’s Republic of China
Full ceremony video 34:02
Ceremony highlights video 2:57

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura
2011 Laureate
The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.
Full ceremony video 35:40
Ceremony highlights video 3:05

 

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
2010 Laureates
Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, New York Bay
Full ceremony video 48:02
Ceremony highlights video 5:43

 

Peter Zumthor
2009 Laureate
Palace of the Buenos Aires City Legislature,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Full ceremony video 46:27
Ceremony highlights video 5:32

 

Jean Nouvel
2008 Laureate
The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 1:02:27
Ceremony highlights video 4:19

 

Richard Rogers
2007 Laureate
Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London, United Kingdom
Full ceremony video 48:38
Ceremony highlights video 3:41

 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha
2006 Laureate
Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Full ceremony video 40:26
Ceremony highlights video 3:54

 

Thom Mayne
2005 Laureate
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Full ceremony video 41:37
Ceremony highlights video 2:54

 

Zaha Hadid
2004 Laureate
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Full ceremony video 37:22
Ceremony highlights video 3:43

 

Jørn Utzon
2003 Laureate
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Full ceremony video 30:12
Ceremony highlights video 4:17

 

Glenn Murcutt
2002 Laureate
Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, Rome, Italy
Full ceremony video 56:16
Ceremony highlights video 4:11

 

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron
2001 Laureates
Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
Full ceremony video 37:12
Ceremony highlights video 2:45

 

Rem Koolhaas
2000 Laureate
Jerusalem Archaeological Park, Israel
Full ceremony video 34:23
Ceremony highlights video 3:40

 

Norman Foster
1999 Laureate
Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany
Full ceremony video 52:52
Ceremony highlights video 3:44

 

Renzo Piano
1998 Laureate
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 51:12
Ceremony highlights video 2:49

 



 

 


Sverre Fehn
1997 Laureate
The construction site of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Full ceremony video 23:41
Ceremony highlights video 3:14

 

Rafael Moneo
1996 Laureate
The construction site of the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Full ceremony video 12:23
Ceremony highlights video 3:07

 

Tadao Ando
1995 Laureate
Grand Trianon and the Palace of Versailles, France
Full ceremony video 26:37
Ceremony highlights video 3:21

 

Christian de Portzamparc
1994 Laureate
The Commons, Columbus, Indiana
Full ceremony video 50:24
Ceremony highlights video 3:56

 

Fumihiko Maki
1993 Laureate
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Full ceremony video 49:54
Ceremony highlights video 3:44

 

Alvaro Siza
1992 Laureate
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois
Full ceremony video 34:21
Ceremony highlights video 4:06

 

Robert Venturi
1991 Laureate
Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City, Mexico
Full ceremony video 35:17
Ceremony highlights video 2:28

 

Aldo Rossi
1990 Laureate
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Full ceremony video 25:46
Ceremony highlights video 3:17

 

Frank Gehry
1989 Laureate
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple, Nara, Japan
Full ceremony video 43:11
Ceremony highlights video 4:09

 

Gordon Bunshaft &
Oscar Niemeyer
1988 Laureates
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Bunshaft full ceremony video 16:19
Niemeyer full ceremony video 16:19
Bunshaft ceremony highlights video 2:51
Niemeyer ceremony highlights video 2:51

 

Kenzo Tange
1987 Laureate
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Full ceremony video 28:23
Ceremony highlights video 1:42

 

Gottfried Böhm
1986 Laureate
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, United Kingdom
Full ceremony video 23:07
Ceremony highlights video 3:11

 

Hans Hollein
1985 Laureate
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California
Full ceremony video 20:29
Ceremony highlights video 1:35

 

Richard Meier
1984 Laureate
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 20:37
Ceremony highlights video 3:38

 

I.M. Pei
1983 Laureate
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Full ceremony video 19:06
Ceremony highlights video 3:16

 

Kevin Roche
1982 Laureate
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Full ceremony video 16:47
Ceremony highlights video 2:45

 

James Stirling
1981 Laureate
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 14:29
Ceremony highlights video 1:12

 

Luis Barragán
1980 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 25:14
Ceremony highlights video 2:30

 

Philip Johnson
1979 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Full ceremony video 23:58
Ceremony highlights video 4:12

Archive

The Pritzker Architecture Prize, founded in 1979, seeks to maintain many of the documents, images, videos, and other materials related to its history. If you have a specific query about rights and reproductions or other media-related questions, please contact Director of Communications Eunice Kim. For all other inquiries, please contact Executive Director Martha Thorne.

Archive - Richard Rogers
Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain, 2005, Richard Rogers